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Bob Costas out of Olympic coverage after reported pink eye

By: WJAC Web Staff

SOCHI, Ru. -- NBC's primetime Olympics coverage was missing Bob Costas for the first time in 157 broadcasts after the sportscaster said he was battling and eye infection.

Doctors said Costas is likely suffering from pink eye, a viral infection making eyes red and swollen, or some kind of bacterial infection that has the same symptoms but also a mucus discharge.

Regardless of the condition, it has to run its course said eye specialist Dr. Michelle Howell.

"That's actually very normal it usually starts in one eye and spreads to the other, because when you lay on your pillow or wash your face everything is easily transferred from one eye to the other, so usually it starts in one eye goes to the other and its about 14 days before its totally gone," Howell said.

Artificial tears or steroid drops might be needed to ease symptoms while antibiotics treat the infection.

Costas hopes to be back on the air soon. Matt Lauer, of NBC's Today Show, will replace Costas on the evening Olympic shows.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times